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Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine

The MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine strives to maintain a leading position in the field of biomedical engineering by combining creative research with training a generation of interdisciplinary scientists. MERLN’s activities operate at the interface of biology, engineering and medicine to maximise impact at the level of public involvement and the commercialisation of research. MERLN’s vision is based on sharing knowledge, infrastructure, and ambition.

A Brightlands institute

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Brightlands is an open innovation community in a global context, connecting four campuses in the province of Limburg: in Maastricht, Heerlen, Sittard-Geleen and Venlo. The campuses provide entrepreneurs, scientists and students state-of-the-art facilities to support development, education, innovation and growth. Naturally, there are close links between all four Brightlands campuses, and together they enable Limburg to serve as an innovation region where researchers and entrepreneurs take on the major challenges in the areas of materials, health, food and smart services.

Scientific breakthrough: Forming model embryos from stem cells in the lab

New research to unravel embryonic development and discover medicines

Scientists from the MERLN Institute and the Hubrecht Institute (KNAW) have successfully created in the laboratory embryo-like structures from mouse stem cells. These model embryos resemble natural ones to the extent that, for the first time, they implant into the uterus and initiate pregnancy. This radically new method opens the door to understanding the first and hidden processes of life, problems of infertility, or the embryonic origin of diseases. This scientific breakthrough has been published in Nature. >> read the complete news article.


Research at MERLN is focused on developing and employing breakthrough technologies to advance the repair and regeneration of both tissues and organs. The strategy includes, amongst others, the development of “smart” biomaterials that can trigger intrinsic tissue repair mechanisms mediated by the patient’s own cells.


MERLN’s scientists are involved in educational activities within different undergraduate and graduate programmes as well as in the supervision of students performing research projects. They use their expertise in biology, chemistry, materials science and engineering, with distinct emphasis on biomedical applications, including regenerative medicine.

  • Vanessa Lapointe

    Invent, valorise, market

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021
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  • Two Vici grants for Maastricht researchers

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021

    Two researchers from Maastricht University (UM) have each received a Vici grant of € 1.5 million from the Dutch Research Council (NWO). Professor Chantal Nederkoorn (Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience) and Professor Lorenzo Moroni (MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine) will use the grants over the next five years to conduct research and develop or expand their own research groups.

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  • UNS 40 MERLN

    Pere Català Quilis winner Bayer Ophthalmology Research Award

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021
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  • UNS 40 MERLN

    Multi-million euro grant for the development of in vitro kidney models by MERLN

    Thursday, March 11, 2021

    Multi-million euro grant for the development of in vitro kidney models by MERLN

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  • Leap TUe 1

    Organ-on-chip project receives huge grant to make the leap from lab to fab

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021

    NWO Perspective grant of 4.8 million euros for multidisciplinary consortium, led by TU/e professor Jaap den Toonder to develop much-needed universal standard for the pharmaceutical industry.

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  • apeldoorn

    Liberated from the insulin syringe

    Thursday, September 26, 2019

    Almost 150,000 people in the Netherlands suffer from type 1 diabetes. Aart van Apeldoorn, diabetes researcher at the Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine (MERLN), hopes to do away with the insulin syringe by means of an implant known as the ‘tea bag’

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  • stamcelonderzoek

    Prestigious grant for research on stem cell-mediated tissue regeneration

    Friday, April 13, 2018

    Fundamental research on the repair process involved in tissue damage

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  • Professor Clemens van Blitterswijk wins 2015 Huibregtsen Prize

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

    Professor Clemens van Blitterswijk has won the 2015 Huibregtsen Prize.

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  • ESB Best Doctoral Thesis for Aurélie Carlier

    Thursday, April 30, 2015

    The European Society of Biomechanics has awarded Aurélie Carlier with the Best Doctoral Thesis in Biomechanics.

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  • King visits UM institute MERLN

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    Today His Majesty King Willem-Alexander paid a working visit to the UM Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine (MERLN).

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